What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage 

While your AC system is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Stevenson Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection immediately. 

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions: 

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help guide you through the process. 
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area. 
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Stevenson Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection. 

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage. 

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioner more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be fully replaced. 

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner. 

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Stevenson Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning. 

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